Nairametrics| The Federal Government (FG) has sent out a directive that all its foreign missions that all potential foreign investors be granted visas within 48 hours. According to the The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, this was approved so as to remove bottlenecks associated with visa issuance in all its foreign missions.
Enemelah explained that this was part of the reforms in the business environment that the FG was activating in order to ensure that Nigeria becomes a preferred destination for business investors. He said President Muhammadu Buhari had already launched the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) to drive government effort to identify and reduce bureaucratic processes and regulations that impede the private sector.
“Our visa-on-arrival procedure is now fully operational, with an upcoming increase in the number of eligible countries. Directive has been issued on 48-hour visa issuance by Nigerian missions abroad.”
“We have foreign missions in almost all the major countries of the world and we feel the missions should be used to sell Nigerian products abroad and also used as a point for those who want to invest in Nigeria to make their enquiries.”